$11.75M Wellbutrin XL Class Action Settlement Reached

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New York, NY: An $11.75 million settlement has been tentatively agreed in the Wellbutrin XL antitrust class action filed against Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc, and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). If you bought Wellbutrin XL® or its Generic equivalent, the proposed class action settlement could affect you.

This matter is a lawsuit against Valeant Pharmaceuticals, Inc., formerly Biovail Corp. ("Biovail"), and SmithKline Beecham Corporation doing business as GlaxoSmithKline and GlaxoSmithKline plc (collectively "GSK") (together with Biovail, "Defendants"), the companies that manufactured and marketed the antidepressant Wellbutrin XL.

The lawsuit, entitled In re: Wellbutrin XL Antitrust Litigation, Case No. 8-cv-2433, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, alleges the pharmaceutical manufacturers worked together to delay the availability of less expensive, generic versions of Wellbutrin XL. Anyone who purchased Wellbutrin XL or its generic equivalent in the following states may be eligible to claim part of the settlement, if it is approved: California, Florida, Nevada, New York, Tennessee and/or Wisconsin.

For additional information regarding this lawsuit, proposed settlement, and for obtaining a Claim, visit: http://www.wxlclassaction.com/.

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Posted by
Gellie
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I was prescribed Bupropion about 5-6 years ago. I took first pill on a Friday come next morning I felt as if I was beaten with a bat for days. I couldn't move, my muscles were so tight and painful. To the point that I couldn't even pick up my 1.5 year old baby. On the Sunday after, I started feeling my body really hot, as if I was having a severe hot flash. Then I started getting very itching all over, went to the bathroom and saw this red enormous hives. I had them on my privates, my buttocks, everywhere. I immediately went to the ER, they said(as expected) that it had no relation to the Bupropion and gave me benadryl. Come Monday I went to see the doctor, he as well said it had no relation and gave me muscle relaxers; of course they did nothing. I stopped taking the meds even though I knew my depression was going from bad to worse. About 3-4 years ago and after finally admitting to myself that my depression was not letting me live, It was affecting me in every way. I decided to seek help, I talked to my Dr. Told her about my experience with Bupropion and made sure she understood that I would not take anything that tempered or made me gain weight. Just thinking about it it gives me anxiety and weight gain is a constant worry and battle for me as I also have a compulsive eating disorder. She prescribed wellbutrin xl 150mg and 300mg after seeing no changes with lower dose. My insurance wouldn't cover the brands $1500 cost for 30 pills(of course.) I had to talk to the insurance company to see if they would override the denial. I had to give them a very good reason why I couldn't take the generic forms, so I told them my experience with the other antidepressants. I had to speak to do many individuals and finally one(a chemist or something like that) said you have a sensitivity if not an allergy to the generic components of the medication. Remember everyone tells you generic is exactly the same thing as brand, that is BS! Companies are mandated to replicate meds 99.9% of the formulation but they have that .1% to add ????? and no one tells you this. I was approved, thank God! I have been taking it ever since. Every time I see my Dr. She asks if I feel it working but I am not sure on what to answer because I am not sure what I am supposed to feel ????????. After taking it for about two years I believe, I went on a vacation and did not take them with me because refill did not arrive on time. A couple of days after I noticed I wasn't feeling bloated, like an inflated balloon and every time I pressed on my tummy it kind of hurt. I would have to massage my tummy (counterclockwise around bellybutton, that stimulates bowel movement and/or colon) in oder to get some relief. I am not fat not have a belly, I actually had a tummy tuck years prior to taking the meds and had a flat belly, exercised regularly and ate a pretty healthy diet. And I started having my normal bowel movements. For me that was going #2 three times a day and comfortably; meaning I didn't have to push and push or be in pain because you have to defecate but can't(sorry, too much info I know.) I have never suffered from constipation or anything like that. My belly was less inflated and less pressure pain when pressing down. Even though I had experienced this for a while never related to wellbutrin. I thought maybe I was not drinking enough water or eating enough fiber. I was off the medication for about a month, when I started taking them again the bloated belly and costipation started again????. Now during all this time I had not noticed or didn't pay attention to these noises in my ears. I can't pin point when they stated but I can say it hasn't been a life long thing. I took notice or they became more noticeable within her last two years or so. It's awful to have the ringing, buzzing, vibration, humming, crickets, static white noise loud inside your head all day long. I am trying to fall asleep and all I can hear is that. I wake up exhausted, I'm irritable, edgy, anxious etc. All day and quite frankly I know is due to that. Never mentioned it to my Dr because I was afraid to be labeled as schizophrenic or something. But it has become so unbearable and affecting my life that I finally did but she didn't really say much about it. So as I usually do, I researched and researched and finally came across tinnitus. I was so happy to finally put a name to those annoying noises and to reassure myself that I wasn't making it up. I went to a clinic which specializes in tinnitus, the Dr asked a bunch of questions, did a very in depth hearing test and confirmed that I had tinnitus. She said there's really no cure for it but that there is this new treatment they are doing with very good results to minimize the noises. It's basically an ipod(kind of) they have this app or program which they can manage to mimic as close as possible to the noises you hear. They transfer that to the ipod and you listed to that at a certain level every night. She herself is a tinnitus sufferer and was on the treatment for abt 3 weeks. She said she was real happy because there were moments where she had to stop to see if she'd hear the noises. She was happy to say that she wouldn't hear them and the relief it was to not have them. Now, the price is almost $6000.00????and it is not covered by insurance! Now, to the point. It sucks and is so unfair and unethical to say the least that we look for help to cure if not at least help us cope with an illness such as depression and end up with something to me worse, like tinnitus. I say worse because tinnitus causes anxiety, depression, mood swings, lethargy or exhaustion etc. etc. Exactly the same issues we are trying to cure and for which we were prescribed Wellbutrin in the first place. What sucks even more is that no one tells you it can cause this. Not the pharmaceutical company, not your Dr, pharmacy.... NO ONE! And that you can loose your hearing from prolonged untreated tinnitus.. I hope the lawsuit is true and still going. I know no one forced us into taking the darn pill but we should know all side effects, especially when they know is not just one person saying this, it's many if us. And I sure don't have $6000.00 to spend on an ipod. They should pay for the damage done because damage can be irreversible even if we stop taking the medication. Who can we contact? It the lawsuit still active?

Posted by
Sandy ellis
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I was on this over ten years, my ears ring loudly all the time, my vision is blurred, my anxiety is sky high, depression, agittiton, sweating all the time, none of this I had b4 I went on this drug. It does far more harm then good, now no one wants to help me? I live in Virginia please someone help me. Not to mention the compulsive spending that put me in debt, all while on this drug. I need help

Posted by
Sandy ellis
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Was put on Welbutrin XL for life, lasted abt ten years. Had to take myself off it. Many side effects including loud ear ringing, anxiety, aggression, vision problems. Am waiting to hear about this lawsuit, submitted the info above

Posted by
brant fam
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my husband took this medication and now he has a hyperthyroidism and his stomach is in constant pain and his heart rate is fast then normal and lost extreme amount of weight went from 180 to 136 and found out that it caused anorexia, what do we do?

Posted by
Sandy
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Was never told of all the horrible side effects, constant ringing in the ears, anxiety, blurred vision, no control over spending, very compulsive behavior, suicidal thoughts. Took myself off it after 12 years, was told I needed it for life to control my depression........ Theres alot more but I am not putting it here.

Posted by
Daniel Jaeger
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I have been on Bupropion 150 mg since 10/07/17,I have constant ear ringing and sometimes blurred vision.I told my doctor and he took me off,11/20/17
My ear ringing and blurred vision still persist.What should I do?

Posted by
Colleen Rosenberg
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I have been taking Wellbutrin for about one year. I have buzzing in both ears and ear pain. I'm getting very worried as the buzzing, is getting louder. I've been reading more about people who are experiencing the same symptoms and some losing hearing completely.
Isn't there some way to find out the truth of what this drug does?

Posted by
deb
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I contacted the FDA about things I am experiencing. I have blurred vision to where I cant see out of left eye 80% now. I have insomnia and was a mom that was proud that I could play with my grandkids because I took care of myself. I gained over 60 pds. I am dizzy off balance. I want my life back it hasn't helped depression I hate the person I see in the mirror and I keep away from people because I'm not the happy person I was...

Posted by
Danielle Bowen
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I came across this and wanted to find out if some of my issues are caused by this medication that I took from 1998- 2012. Suicidle attempts, not rationale thoughts. My blood work was always questioned. I have lost my memory. My liver panel is always questioned... I seem to know have nodules in my thyroid. I could go on if I could remember more...
But very interested to find out if there is anything I can do?
Danielle

Posted by
Amy Powell
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Ive been on wellbutrin about 8 yrs. It has caused me very blurred vision and severe incontinence. Can you help me

Posted by
Shelly
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I would really like to know why Minnesota because I've been on this medicine for about ten yrs. The Dr never listened to me about the effects it had. I even had surgery on my left ulner nerve for losing use of my fingers, hand. I haven't been able to work or function normally for yrs. My eye sight has gotten really bad, have a really hard time driving at night but I always had 20/20 vision. I even ran my car off the road. No energy, memory loss has gotten worst all the time, things that came easy to me before are like new things I haven't learned before, I feel like a complete dizzy case. Tremors I've had for awhile now, my spending put me homeless. I use to run a cleaning business that I couldn't imagine doing now & was very good at it! Please tell me why Minnesota is not in this lawsuit when it's affected my life so rapidly? I've been disabled for yrs, have had to get social services involved in my life to hello keep me in a house, not homeless. please help me also.

Posted by
Tiffany Webb
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Dewana Young, I feel and personally know your pain. Stop it now. Get off now. I end up homeless for two years. I went from $100K salary, workers' comp injury. 10 years of medication has cost me everything. My business, my condo. I had $250K in the bank 3 years ago. Now, I have nothing. The shopping was out of control. I couldn't stop. It WAS NOT ME. I use to manage huge financial projects, a genius with financials. Saved the City of Oakland thousands but suddenly I couldn't remember when I last used my credit card. My FICO is in the trash. I'm ruined. And the doctors could CARE LESS. If you have good one, hold on, if not, jump ship and find someone who will care whether you actually have a quality of life. If there's a class action sign me up. I'm tired of being a guinea pig. I'm still detoxing so forgive me if the sentences are flowing but the words are true.

Posted by
Dewana Young
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I have been on Wellbutrin for years. I have developed symptoms similar to Parkinson's. Been to Neuromuscular Specialist at Mayo Clinic and Houston. No genetic disease but Was told it may be my medication and Mayo was concerned about Wellbutrin. After getting off all medications for 3 weeks my tremors decreased tremendously and my cognitive issues were improving. I introduced Wellbutrin first and was in a seizure like state, tremors and neuro problems became back worse. I quit after second dose. I have neuro muscular damage affecting all parts of my body. I live on pain meds daily. I have almost lost my personal business and am trying to sell. I've. basically become disable and can't function as a business owner, wife or mother. I'm 53 and my who world has stopped. I wonder if I have a claim. I only see claims for pregnant people. I have lost so much. Depleted savings. Husband has had to pull out of his retirement to help pay expenses. All because this medicine has damaged my neuromuscular system and only doctor/facility who half way regognized Wellbutrin could be causing and have caused damage is Mayo and I can't afford to go back for several weeks like they requested. They don't know if permanent and won't know as it may take years for my body to heal itself. Any help for me?

Posted by
Leslie Wirges
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I took Wellbutrin for a few months and lost a great part of my eye sight. My eyes continue to get worse. This is not a medicine that needs to be on the market. Just wanted others to know.

Posted by
Rodney
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Please tell me more about this. I lived in, MN, ND and CO. Does that mean I can't be a part of the lawsuit?

Posted by
Angelique Regner
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I have been on this medication for 8 plus years and came across an article regarding a class action suit. Just wanted more information.

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